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Teacher assistant held in Brookline rape case

Brookline District Court Judge Mary Dacey White ordered a teacher's assistant charged with statutory rape to be held Wednesday in lieu of $2,500 cash bail, as police detectives continued their investigation.

Carlos Morales 29, who lives in Brookline, had helped teach fifth grade at the private Park School in the town and also worked in the Brookline public schools.

At a dangerousness hearing, White ordered that if Morales does make bail, he will be subject to GPS monitoring, must surrender his passport, and must stay away from the alleged victim and children under the age of 16.

He was the first of two employees at the Park School to be arrested in the span of a week in separate cases. On Saturday, Brookline police arrested teacher Gregory Grote, 65, of Roslindale on three charges of indecent assault and battery of a child under the age of 14, in an assault that allegedly occurred last December.

Grote and Morales have each been placed on unpaid administrative leave, the school has said. Morales has pleaded not guilty.


Morales is accused of rape of a public school student. Court records of the alleged crime remain sealed, but a few details emerged at the dangerousness hearing Wednesday.

Detective Sergeant William Riley testified that he was called to Children's Hospital Dec. 10 to take a report from the alleged victim's mother. Riley said the mother appeared upset, and after interviewing her he consulted with fellow detectives and then arrested Morales at his home.

Police also interviewed the alleged victim and took several items from the child's bedroom, including bed sheets, a comforter, and tissues, which were sent to a state crime lab, Riley said.

Morales, a Town Meeting member in Brookline who has also worked previously as a paraprofessional at Brookline's Pierce and Devotion schools, was shackled at his hands and feet during the hearing. His family members at the hearing declined to comment.


Morales's attorney, Larry Tipton, asked the judge for a bail of no more than $1,000 and said Morales would have to wait for a paycheck before he could pay that amount.

Morales is scheduled for a hearing Jan. 16 in Brookline District Court.

Brock Parker can be reached at brock.globe@gmail.com.